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Sugar Cookies (1973)

A film producer murders his star actress during an erotic "game" and makes it look like suicide. The dead girl's lesbian lover discovers what happened, and plots her revenge.

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Theodore Gershuny
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Shannon George Shannon ... Max Pavell
Mary Woronov ... Camila Stone
Lynn Lowry ... Alta Leigh / Julie Kent
Monique van Vooren ... Helene
Maureen Byrnes Maureen Byrnes ... Dola
Daniel Sadur Daniel Sadur ... Gus
Ondine Ondine ... Roderick
Jennifer Welles Jennifer Welles ... Max's Secretary
Anthony Pompei Anthony Pompei ... Oliver
Reid Cruickshanks Reid Cruickshanks ... Det. Schwartz
Thomas Mahony Thomas Mahony ... Det. Joe
Ralph R. Ralph Ralph R. Ralph ... Doctor
Stanley Kaufman Stanley Kaufman ... Lawyer (as S. Lloyd Kaufman Sr.)
Shawn Randall Shawn Randall ... Girl In Restaurant
Allen Liffman Allen Liffman ... Man In City Woman
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A film producer murders his star actress during an erotic "game" and makes it look like suicide. The dead girl's lesbian lover discovers what happened, and plots her revenge.

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Men will be shocked! Women will understand! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love, Death See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Theodore Gershuny specifically wrote the role of Camilla for Mary Woronov to play. See more »

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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

All American Boy
Music by Gershon Kingsley
Lyrics by Lloyd Kaufman
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Stylish erotic mindbender
29 April 2001 | by Vince-5See all my reviews

Starting off, here's a synopsis: Porno queen Alta Lee (Lynn Lowry) is murdered by her pornographer lover Max (George Shannon) in a game of sexual Russian roulette. Alta's other lover, icy lesbian casting agent Camila Stone (Mary Woronov), provides an alibi for Max. But Camila has an agenda of her own, and a plan involving the seduction of innocent actress Julie (Lynn again) in a web of sexual mind games. When the lookalikes' identities are sufficiently blurred, the stage is set for vengeance as passionate as the most heated carnal encounter.

Though this movie is quite obscure and never got much attention, I find it to be a sexy, suspenseful gem. Cult goddess Woronov has one of her best-ever roles, and she and sexy-innocent Lowry play off each other well. The unsettling music provided by Gershon Kingsley, plus two original songs ("All-American Boy," "You Say You've Never Let Me Down") and the Jaynetts' "Sally, Go 'Round the Roses" compose a memorable soundtrack. Theodore Gershuny's direction is sharp, with everything photographed in muted earth tones that perfectly suggest unsavory business bubbling under society's upper crust. With tons of great New York atmosphere, Ondine (Woronov's friend and fellow Warholite) giving a great performance in a small role, and exotic Monique Van Vooren as Max's ex-wife in a comic sub-plot. This sub-plot, though amusing, looks like it belongs in another movie altogether. However, I'm not complaining, as the film is smooth even as it changes gears and is a hell of a lot more interesting that the erotic-thriller garbage currently being cranked out.

Trivia: Sugar Cookies was originally rated X (soft-core) and released by General Film Corporation in 1973. I am the proud owner of an original one-sheet poster--lucky me! In 1977, the movie was cut for an R and re-released by Troma Team, which now offers it uncut on videotape. Mary Woronov was the wife of Theodore Gershuny at the time, and was reportedly uncomfortable performing the graphic lesbian simulated sex scenes with him leering behind the camera. She can also be seen in two of his earlier productions, Kemek (1970) and Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972).


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